How to Prevent Copying Files to USB Drive From Computer Without Disable USB Port

Today early morning one of my friends called me for an urgent help. He is working as a System Administrator for a small company and wants to disable copying files from working computer to USB drives (pen drives). I told him to disable the USB port and fix the issue. Then he said according to the company policy he cannot disable it. He wants the computer should read files from the USB drive but no file transfer to it from computer hard disk. So in a nutshell he wants to read files from the portable storage drive on his company computers but does not want to copy files from his company computer to the USB drive. He is in a confusion that if it is possible to block writing files to the portable memory storage without prevent the PC from reading it.

I too at first confused with this strange company policy. Then I realize, it is very simple to do. We can enable write protection on USB by GP edit or Registry Edit. If Write Protect is enabled on Universal Serial Bus, computer can read files on portable storage but not able to copy content to them from hard disk. It is very simple to enable write protection on USB Ports from registry.

Prevent copying files to USB drive From Hard Disk

This step tells how to enable write protect on USB port from Windows Registry and prevent computer from copying content to portable memory storage from hard disk. This step doesn't hurt your reading ability and your PC can read files in portable storage without any issues. Steps to disable file transfer from hard disk to portable drive are:
  1. Click on start and go to Run (Press Windows and R button together to open run window).

  2. Type regedit on run window and click OK.

    Now the registry editor will be opened.

  3. Before making any changes to Registry, I recommend you to take a backup of current Registry on your computer.
    How to Backup Current Registry On your Computer

  4. Go to the location.

  5. Create a DWORD value called ‘WriteProtect‘ and set it to 1.

    Now onwards your PC will be able to just read the files from eternal memory drive connected to but the drive can no longer copy content from hard disk.

  6. To disable write protect on USB drives change the DWORD to 0.

This article tells how to enable write protect on USB Port and disable copying files from computer hard disk to USB drive. In case if you want to disable entire Universal Serial Bus ports on your computer from Registry click on the link below.
How to Disable Universal Serial Bus Ports On Your Computer From Registry

There is a registry tweak to fix an error code usually see after updating Windows using live update. To read more about it click on the link below.
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What is Overclocking and how it reduces the cost of system upgrade

The title of the post is just interesting as it says the importance of overclocking our computer and increase the performance of the system than the manufactures expectations. But before we start overclocking it is better know what actually mean overclocking. Overclocking is the tweaking of your computer and optimize it for better performance. In simple words by overclocking we are utilizing the maximum possible performance of our computer. In case of running applications on our computer which requires more computing power than our computer offered , we should think about overclocking our system. It is always better have a try to improve the performance of our computer than the costly hardware upgrading.

Risks and negative side of overclocking

Overclocking has some negative side too. They are:

1. Warranty issue

By overclocking we are running a computer component at a specification higher than rated by the manufacturer and it may affect the warranty issued by them. In case the device went wrong the vendor may refuse to help us by saying what you did is against the warranty policy.

So it is advised to perform overclocking on old computer if you are not an expert.

2. Processor stability

Overclocking may result system instability. So it is always better check the performance by increasing the rate of speed slowly.

3. Heat generation

Heat generation is an another issue with overclocking. By increasing the performance of the computer equipments the energy consumption will increase. This result over heating.

As a precaution we should daily check the heat sink and cabinet fans and make sure they are working properly.

Even though there are some negative sides I always encourage you to overclock your old computers and increase the performance of the system. Even if you fails it is just a good attempt and will be an asset your tech life.


Disk Boot Failure -Insert System Disk & Unable to Start Computer

I had a busy weekend this time because of one of my friends and his old desktop computer. He was unable to start his computer because of an error Disk Boot Failure and called my assistance. I must admit, it is an old PC and wasn't in use for the past four months. He first thought the error message was due to corrupted OS installed and asked my help to reinstall Windows because he has not much IT experience. Before going to tell the entire story I would like to explain what is Disk Boot Failure error and how to troubleshoot it.

Reasons to Get Disk Boot Failure Error

Major reasons for the error Disk Boot Failure or Disk Boot Failure - Insert System Disk are:
  1. Damaged Hard Disk Drive(HDD) on your computer

  2. Faulty BIOS Settings and wrong boot sequence

  3. Loose connections and Motherboard issues

  4. Hardware and Software conflicts

  5. Corrupted OS or Improper Disk partitions

How to Troubleshoot and Resolve Disk Boot Failure - Insert System Disk

In case if you are facing this error while restarting your laptop and unable to go further, follow the instructions provided here.

  1. Log on to BIOS and Check Booting Order

    Improper booting order sequence is one of the reasons to get the error Disk Boot Failure -Insert System Disk when you start your computer. This Disk Boot Failure prevent your computer from booting and you won't be able to start loading OS on your computer. To access BIOS follow the steps below.

    1. Restart your computer

    2. Press [F2] or [Del] (key provided by your system vendor to access BIOS)

    3. Click on Boot and select the boot option to set HDD as the first booting device. Press [F10] to save it before exit(or the key provided in BIOS to save the settings)

    By setting HDD as the first boot device, you can prevent most of the  issues like Disk Boot Failure - Insert System Disk

  2. Reset Current BIOS Settings

    If the error Disk Boot Failure - Insert System Disk persists, you may need to reset the BIOS and check for the issue. To perform this task I recommend you to visit the link below.
    How to Reset BIOS On Your Laptop

  3. Disconnect Peripheral Devices From Motherboard and Connect Them Back

    Here you need to open computer case and disconnect all peripheral devices from motherboard including HDD, DVD R/W, RAM etc. Clean dust and then reconnect all the devices with motherboard. Make sure there is no loose connection. Now power on the computer and start it to check if you still receive the error Disk Boot Failure.

  4. Presence of Incompatible Hardware Devices

    It is possible that after connecting incompatible hardware devices on your computer you may receive the error message Disk Boot Failure and the system fails to boot properly. So it is always advised to disconnect the recently added hardware and check for the issue.

  5. Corrupted OS or Improper Partitions

    Some times due to the improper partition on the hard disk may cause this error. Another important reason is corrupted Operating System. If the OS installed on your laptop is corrupted, you cannot start your computer. These two are very important possibilities to get disk boot failure error.

  6. Failed Hard Disk Drive (HDD)

    Another reason to get this error on a computer is HDD failure. If it went wrong, you cannot load OS to the RAM and the system boot will fail. So to check this error you must check whether the HDD went wrong. You can perform this task by connecting your HDD as a slave of another one and check if this unit is detected by the computer. If not, it is the time to purchase a new one.

  7. Motherboard issues

    Another reason is mother board failure. Some times this error message will come as a result of motherboard issues. It is advised to check your mother board if the issue is not related to HDD and other reasons mentioned.

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Configure D-Link Wireless Access Point DWL-G700AP by Setup Wizard

D-Link is one of the leading Wireless Access Point manufacturer and DWL-G700AP is one of its popular AP. In this article you will learn the steps to configure D-Link Wireless Access Point model DWL-G700AP in simple steps. Since Access Points do not have DHCP server, before configuring the Access Point we need to assign static IP address to your computer. After assigning static IP address to your computer, connect DWL-G700AP Access Point to your computer using an Ethernet cable.

How to setup DWL-G700AP by Running Wizard

To configure DWL-G700AP follow the steps below.

  1. Assign static IP address on your computer

    If there is no other DHCP server connected to your computer you need to assign a static IP address to your computer. It should be in the range of 192.168.0.X

    Where X should be between 1 to 254 except 50. To learn how to assign static IP address to your computer click the link below.
    Assign Static IP Address From Command Prompt

  2. Connect your computer to D-Link Access Point

    You should connect the Wireless Access Point (DWL-G700AP) to your computer using an Ethernet cable and power on the Access Point.

  3. Access the Configuration page

    To access the configuration page of D-link Access Point DWL-G700AP, open Internet Explorer or other browser and type on the address bar. Press enter.

    Now it will prompt you to enter admin username and password to log on. Enter the following details.

    Default admin username: admin
    Default admin password :

    There is no default admin password.

    PS: The default Login IP address of D-Link DWL-G700AP Wireless Access Point is

  4. Click on Run Wizard

    Configure D-Link Wireless Access Point DWL-G700AP by running Wizard

    Now it will show the next steps in configuration. Click next.
    Configure D-Link Wireless Access Point  DWL-G700AP

  5. Now the wizard will prompt you to set a new password for the Access Point. You need to confirm the Access Point password.
    Configure D-Link Wireless Access Point

    After set the password click next. Now onwards it is the login password of D-Link DWL-G700AP Wireless Access Point.

  6. Enter the Wireless Network Name you want to extend

    You must tell D-Link DWL-G700AP Access Point the wireless network name of the network you want the device to extend. You must also specify the wireless channel too.
    Select Wireless Channel on Wireless Access Point DWL-G700AP

    After Selecting the SSID and wireless channel, click Next.

  7. Now you need to select the Wireless encryption which matches the Wireless router. After selecting the encryption you need to enter the wireless key.
    Setup wireless encryption on DWL-G700AP

    Now click Next to continue.

  8. Setup is completed on D-Link DWL-G700AP Access Point.
    Finish the Configuration of DWL-G700AP

    Now you need to click on the Restart button. After restarting the Wireless Access Point you can use it on your network.

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    To learn how to configure D-Link Wireless Access Point DWL-G700AP in Wireless Client mode instead of Access Point mode, visit the link below.
    How connect D-Link DWL2100AP as Wireless Client

  2. Configure D-Link Wireless Access Point DWL-G700AP in Repeater Mode

    Wireless Range Expander and Repeater have certain differences. To learn how to setup D-Link Wireless Access Point DWLG700AP in wireless repeater mode, click the link below.
    Configure D-Link DWL-2100 AP as Wireless Range Expander

  3. Converting Access Point as Router

    You can easily convert D-Link AP DWL-G700AP in to wireless router with simple steps. To learn more about it, visit the link below.
    How to Convert D-Link AP in To Wireless Router

  4. Recover D-Link Access Point Login Password

    It is possible to forget your custom password created for D-Link DWL-G700AP. If you face such an issue, you can follow the instructions provided in the link below.
    How to Recover Forgotten D-Link Access Point Password


Intel D945GCNL Motherboard Reviews & Download Latest Driver

This is the continuation of my motherboard review series and here let us review Intel D945GCNL. You might be interested to know the features and supporting processors along with the downsides of it. At the end of the guide I provide link to download the latest driver for D945GCNL. Now let us start this review with the list of supported processors and they are given below.

Processors Supported by Intel D945GCNL Motherboard
  1. Core™2 Duo processor,

  2. Pentium® D processor

  3. Pentium® 4 processor

  4. Celeron® D processor

The RAM module which is supported by Intel D945GCNL is DDR2 with frequency 533 MHz and DDR2 with 667 MHz. It is noted that Intel D945GCN motherboard supports up to 2 GB system RAM. Any more memory modules will be ignored.

Peripheral Interfaces
  1. One serial port

  2. Four Serial ATA interfaces

  3. One parallel port

  4. One Parallel ATA IDE interface with UDMA 33, ATA-66/100 support

  5. PS/2 keyboard and mouse ports

  6. One diskette drive interface

  7. Eight USB ports

Downsides of Intel D945GCNL Motherboard

It is not free from downsides. One of the major issue I am seeing with this model is its limited RAM module support. It is supporting maximum 2 GB RAM only. I have checked this model with Windows XP and Vista and it works great. However, some of my hardcore Linux friends claim it is not so good with Linux. Still now I haven't checked with Linux and after that I will update this review.

Download Intel D945GCNL Motherboard Driver

It is important to make sure you have the latest motherboard driver installed on your PC. To download the latest version of driver for this model, visit the link below:

Here you can see a search box like below.
Download Driver for Intel D945GCNL

On the search box you should type the Motherboard model number and click on Search downloads. It will comes up result with latest driver and you can download it from the search links. It is important to know the page is designed to work properly with Internet Explorer. While trying to access the page with Firefox, I faced some issues.

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I forgot my Laptop password and I can't access my files

Yesterday night my friend called me. His sister just finished her project work on her laptop and to protect the files she changed the password of her Laptop. After changing the password she is not able to log on to her Laptop. It is a Windows XP Laptop and only one user account is there. What she was telling is the Laptop is not accepting her new password and old password. She told me, tomorrow she should present the project in her college and there is no backup files. At first we tried some possible passwords and they were not working. Then I told them to restart the Laptop and when the Laptop start booting press [F8] button. My intention was just to get the default Windows administrator account and hope there wont be any password set. They started booting their computer and get in to the safe mode. They saw the hidden Windows admin account and log on to it[ Thanks to the guy who installed OS on her laptop as there is no password].

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Then I ask her to find the data files in the stored location. She said it is word file (May be project description but that is non of my business) and not seeing that. I told her to use the search function to find the file but the result was null. Then I asked her where did you saved the files? She said she saved the files on desktop and now no files present. They opened word and try to find the saved files location, but failed to find the files saved on desktop. The I asked her "do you remember the password hint?"

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She said yes. Then why should we waste our time go to user accounts and reset the password using the password hit. She did that and the password of her user account has removed. Then she restarted her laptop and successfully log on to her account. She was so happy when she was able to find the saved files.

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Steps to disable Windows Messenger through Group Policy editor in XP

Update: Microsoft has lifted their support for this product by April 2013 and recommends users to migrate to Skype. Though this tutorial has lost its importance, I am keeping it on CoreNetworkZ with a legacy status due to the volume of traffic this tutorial generated.

This tutorial explains how to disable Microsoft Windows Messenger (WM) on your  XP computer via Group Policy Editor. Before proceeding to the steps to turn off this application, you must learn about it. It is an Instant Message service program designed by Microsoft corporation. Just like popular IP Messenger, this program also helps to send instant messages to another devices in the same network. Though this application is very much useful for people in a LAN, it can disturb single users. It may generate pop ups related to this application and its uses and that might irritate users who are not interested to use it. If you are one among them, read the steps explained to disable Windows Messenger from Group Policy Editor.

How to stop Windows Messenger

The steps to disable WM and its Pop Ups on a laptop are briefed below.
  1. Click on Start

  2. Click on Run

  3. On Run window type gpedit.msc and press enter. Now the Group Policy Editor window will be opened.

    PS: gpedit.msc is the run command to open Group Policy Editor.

  4. Go to Local Computer Policy and select Computer Configuration

  5. Click on Administrative Templates and select Windows Components

  6. Now click on Windows Messenger

    Now two attributes will be opened. They are

    • Do not allow Windows Messenger to be run

    • Do not automatically start Windows Messenger initially


  7. Double click on the attribute i -" Do not allow Windows Messenger to be run" and click enable button. Then click on OK.

Once you have completed the procedure WM is disabled and you will not receive pop ups any more. In case if you want to enable this application, you may follow the same procedure and just revert the changes we made.

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Router Shows Wireless Packet Drops

Yesterday I faced packet loss issues with wireless router in my home. My laptop is successfully connected to the router via wireless but with lesser speed than normal. At first I thought it is because of the slower Internet connection. I tested my desktop computer with modem and find out that Internet is working fine. Since connection to the modem is perfect, I tested the connected to the router. I connected my desktop computer to the router using an Ethernet cable but couldn't find any speed difference. It is working fine but when I switched to WiFi, it is again slow. I repeated the steps on laptop and pin point the reason. Wireless is acting strange and it is the packet losing issue. This article tells how to deal with packet losing issues by explaining the possible solutions. For your information I use WRT54G  from Linksys in home.

Fix Wireless Packet Losing
  1. Power cycle

    We need to unplug the power cable from router and wait for 30 sec. After 30 seconds you can reconnect the power cable. You need to wait until power, wireless and Ethernet lights are ON. Now check for the issue.

  2. Reduce Wireless beacon interval

    If power cycle doesn't fix the  packet drops, it is the time to log on to the settings page and change beacon interval. Beacons frames (actually it is not a packet but frame because IEEE802.11 networks work in data link layer) are frames send periodically to announce the presence of WiFi network with necessary information. You can reduce the default beacon Interval to default -100 in advance wireless settings. Depends on different vendors, the page may be different but always check for advance settings page.

  3. Update Firmware

    If WiFi drops even after reducing the beacons interval, I recommend you to update the firmware of the Access Point/ Router. Do a power cycle after updating the device firmware.

  4. Reset and reconfigure

After performing these steps, check for the issues. If  you are still seeing packet dropping, it is the time to replace it with brand new device. One last possible fix is to replace the old antenna with new one. However, since it is a consumer level product, I suggest you to invest money in new Access Point rather than buying antennas.

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Upgrade Linksys Wireless Access Point WAP54G Firmware

WAP54G is a popular Access Point (AP) from Linksys. We can configure it in different modes depends on the network needs. This guide tells the importance to keep update the firmware of WAP54G Access Point with the latest released version. It is important because outdated firmware can cause wireless connectivity issues and newer version  has fix for known bugs. Now let us check the procedure to perform it.

Steps to update Linksys Access Point Firmware
  1. Download Linksys AP Firmware

    To download Firmware we need to go to Linksys support website. You can go to their support website by visiting the link below.

  2. Search

    Enter the model number or the serial number of your Linksys AP on the Search box.
    Steps to download

    Here we type the model number and press enter. Now we will be moved to Wireless-G Access Point WAP54G product page.

  3. Click on Get Downloads

    We need to select the version number of the AP. After selecting the version, Firmware download link will be shown. Download and save it on desktop.

  4. Log on to Wireless Access Point

    If you are not familiar with this, visit the link below.
    Log on to Linksys WAP54G Wireless Access Point

  5. Upload Firmware

    • After log on to Access Point click on Administration tab.

    • Click on Firmware Upgrade

    • Select downloaded firmware using browse button

      We can select the downloaded firmware on our computer by using browse button in Linksys configuration page.

    • Click on Upgrade

      After upgrading the firmware Linksys AP will prompt you to reboot the Access Point with a continue button. You need to press continue and let the AP reboot. After the reboot, check the version of Firmware in Linksys WAP54G Wireless AP and confirm the upgrade.

Issues With Linksys Access Point Firmware Update

Rarely some users find issues with this process and AP fails to update to the latest version. If you are facing troubles with updating WAP54G firmware, follow the instructions below.
  1. Make sure your PC is connected to AP using Ethernet cable

  2. Make sure the right file is downloaded

  3. Make sure your are selecting the right firmware saved on your PC

  4. Reset AP and try to flash firmware

  5. Power cycle WAP54G and try

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Clear Saved Cookies & History From Firefox 3.5 & Latest Versions

This is one of my old article about clearing cookies on Firefox browser when Mozilla team updated the  browser from very common layout to a more complex layout. Since it is one of the most linked posts on this blog, I do not delete the old content but just improving the article with information about how to remove cookies and browsing history from latest versions. Right now it is very easy to find and delete saved private data with history from the current versions. Steps are:

  1. Press [Alt] [T] button together and click on clear recent history
    Remove cookies from current version of Firefox browser

  2. On the "Clear All History" window select cookies and click on clear now
    Delete saved cookies from Firefox

I am a little bit surprised that in the new Firefox upgrade ( Firefox 3.5) Mozilla team hides the option to delete cookies from the main bar. I was trying to not upgrade my browser to Firefox 3.5 version but due to the lack of enough security updates I forced to upgrade. In the earlier position of Clear Private Data in it is now changed with Start Private Browsing. So in a nut shell in the main menu we cannot see an option to delete the stored cookies in Firefox 3.5.

Steps to Remove Stored Cookies from Firefox 3.5 and Latest Versions

There is a way to remove stored history from Firefox 3.5. That is:

  1. Open browser

  2. Click on Tools

  3. Click on options

  4. Click on Privacy tab

    Steps to remove cookies from Firefox 3.5 and latest version till Firefox version 22

  5. Now click on remove individual cookies
    How to Remove stored cookies from Firefox 3.5 ,easy steps

    Now you can remove the cookies either by selecting the specific one which you need to delete and pressing Remove cookies or Click on Remove All Cookies to clear all of them together.

How to Remove Cookies from Firefox Version 3.6.3

Clearing browsing data in this version more straight forward and follow the steps below to perform it.

  1. Open browser

  2. Click on Tools

  3. Click on Clear Recent History
    Remove cookies from Firefox 3.6.3 and above

    Now in Details make sure that the cookies check box is checked. Click on Clear Now to delete them in Firefox 3.6.3.

How to clear Cookies from Firefox 4

To clear cookies from this version, you should follow the steps below.

  1. Click on Tools

  2. Click on Clear Recent History
    How to clear cookies from Firefox 4

It is always advised to clear cookies and browse history in our browser after browsing. It is beneficial for us by two ways. First we can avoid the possible misuse of them stored in our PC by other users. Second benefit is, we can avoid the  unwanted piece of information by third parties on our computer by websites which we visited before. By clearing those files we avoid a chance to track our browsing behavior.

Clearing cookies or history in Firefox will not remove the saved passwords in it. If you are looking for a method to clear saved passwords, click on the link below.
Clear Saved Passwords in Mozilla Browser 3.5 and above

When browsing with Firefox browser one of the common issues faced by users is the accidental closing of Firefox tab. If you have not cleared the saved history and other private browsing data on your browser, we can retrieve the closed page by reopening the tab. To learn more about it click on the link below
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How to Insert AdSense Unit Between Blogger Post Title and Content

One of the hot spots to place AdSense ads on a blogger is between post title and content. If we place an ad unit below blog post title, it can attract maximum possible attention from visitors and thus have maximum Click Though Rate (CTR). Google has released an AdSense HeatMap to help users to understand the best placement locations on a web page. According to Google AdSense HeatMap, advertisement shown just below the post title and above content has maximum revenue potential. Now the big question, how to display advertisement unit just below blog post title on a blogspot blog? This tutorial helps you to answer this question.

Show Advertisement Between Blogspot Post Title and Content
  1. Login to Blogspot account

  2. Click Template

  3. Click Edit HTML button

  4. Check for the code

    <div class='post-body entry-content'>

  5. Place the converted (to escape characters) version of Google AdSense code above the code <data:post.body/>

    To learn how to convert script in to escape characters, visit the link below.
    How to Convert Script in to Escape Characters

  6. Click Save Template

Steps to Insert Advertisement Below Page Title in Classic Template

If you are using blogger classic template for your blog, follow the steps provided here. In classic template, a little bit difference to edit and add AdSense code compared to current blogger templates.

  1. Log on to your blogger account

  2. Click on Layout

  3. Click on Edit HTML
    Generate more income

  4. Check the Expand Widget Templates box

  5. Now check for the following code

  6. Place the parsed AdSense code in between the > symbol after P and " < " symbol before data.

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Recent Google Algorithm Updates and Ads Placement

This tutorial explained the steps to show AdSense advertisement unit between Blogspot page title and content. However, after the recent Google algorithm updates, having too much ads unit on above the fold can attract penalties. Panda is known to target websites having too many ads especially on above fold. So my recommendation is to place a small ad unit below title to avoid Google Panda penalty. After all it is not the number of ads but the CPC, matters most in net revenue. To read best practices in placing ad units on a webpage is explained in Google answers. To read that guide, visit the link below.

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How to install Guarddog Firewall on Ubuntu Linux

Even though the malware activities in Ubuntu Linux is less compared to Windows Operating Systems, it is highly recommended to install Firewall on your Ubuntu PC.  It helps you to prevent unauthenticated access to your computer from external networks like Internet. Firewall is doing this duty by disabling un-used ports on your PC and monitor the packets coming to your computer. In basic firewall you will not have much features to control the activities of of the application but in advanced firewall you can control the movement of each and every packets in your network. I personally recommend you to install Guarddog on your Ubuntu computer.

It is an advanced firewall with many options to control the firewall activities on your computer. The steps to install Guarddog on your Ubuntu computer are:

Steps to install Guarddog Firewall on your computer

To do this, follow the instructions provided below.
  1. Click on Applications

  2. Click on Accessories and Open Terminal

    On Terminal type the following command:

    sudo apt-get install guarddog

    After typing the command press enter. Now the Guarddog will be downloaded.

  3. Installing

    After downloading Guarddog you will get a message like:

    After this operation, 67.1MB of additional disk space will be used.
    Do you want to continue [Y/n]?

    You need to type Y and press enter to install the downloaded software.

PS: If it is the first time installation, you may get an error message like below.

Setting up guarddog (2.6.0-2.1ubuntu3) ...
Unable to start guarddog firewall - /etc/rc.firewall does not exist

You don't need to worry about the alert and you can directly open it by following steps.

1. Click on Applications

2. Click on Internet and click on Guarddog

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